Laura Monyeazo Abebe is lawyer turned Sound City VJ. Moet as she is fondly called, is fun to be with as discovered by thegazellenews.com correspondent, ZAINAB EJIRO OWHOKA. Excerpts:
How did you come about the name Moet?
The name Moet was given to me when I was about 14. I was in high school, I came to Nigeria briefly for a year, I went to Dawn College and there was this guy who was a good friend and he just started calling me Moet because from my full name Monyeazo, there is Mo and that was just how it happen and since then I have been called that.
Not really, not at all, I don’t miss it one bit.
Any plans of practising law soon?
If I practice law, it would literally mean that this whole thing didn’t work out and right now it is working out, so I am hoping not.
I have not been romantically linked to any entertainer, and even if people say I have, it is really not true. I keep a strong head and I’m focused. They are my friends and the industry is a place that once you start hanging out with one person or the other, people see you with one person, they start jumping to conclusions and that should not be the case because frankly I haven’t actually been with anyone in the industry.
Are you in a relationship presently?
No I am not. I was but right now I’m not. I am single.
It has made me feel very confident. I have always been a confident person, someone who doesn’t care about what people have to say, what people think because I know who I am and I know what I want. It has put me in a position where I feel like I can make a change, I can actually affect someone’s life. So it has given me that sense of confidence, sense of belonging and drive. It has basically made me feel very confident and focused.
Could we say that, that confident stemmed from the fact that you are John Abebe’s daughter?
No, it has absolutely nothing to do with that. My dad is my dad and I am me. I don’t see how that could have made me confident. Yes my dad fame and money but I have always been confident. I think even if I wasn’t an Abebe I will still be confident, I will still do what I want to do. I don’t think that it has put me on any sort of pedestal.
What is it that you love doing but cannot do anymore being in the public eye?
I am not going to say I am a rebel. I cannot really put a name to the things but just being able to live your life the way you want to. Nigerians can be very judgmental sometimes but when you are in the public eye that makes it worse. Just basic stuff as simple as putting up a picture that you like on your instagram page, facebook, twitter but you can’t because you are worried that a blog is going to pick it up. I don’t like that invasion of privacy. Like just going to the cinema with a friend and the next thing you hear is that you were “spotted”. So sometime you can’t do basic fun activities just because you are in the public eye.
I am not really sure this person is a fan but I was doing something on the red carpet and the person just kept on shouting Moet!!!! and the way the person was doing it, he was not hailing me. The person was trying to get my attention and purposely trying to annoy me. I have been pushed, shoved but it depends on the crowd it also depends on where you are.
If you are to sum up your experience at Sound City, what would it be?
Fun, stressful, hard work. It has been really testing. It tests you and you are pushed to your limit literally. So every time you feel like you want to give up, because you have experienced the hurdles you don’t want to be a quitter. It has been fun yet testing. It is not easy, people think it has been easy, that you just stand in front of the camera but it is not, at the same time it is fun and I love it.